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Jorge Andres Tomasevic
ESRM 150
Seattle Campus

Wildlife in the Modern World

Covers major wildlife conservation issues in North America. Some global issues are also treated. Examples of topics include the conservation of large predators, effects of toxic chemicals on wildlife, old-growth wildlife, conservation of marine wildlife, recovery of the bald eagle, and gray wolf.

Class description

We will visit some of the ecology involved in wildlife populations and understand better why species face threat of extinction. We will review the main threats to species conservation (e.g. habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, pollution, overharvesting, climate change, among others). We will have guest lectures to bring different perspectives on wildlife conservation.

Student learning goals

To understand what affects the survival of wildlife population and species.

To have an basic understanding of population ecology.

To be able to find wildlife-related sources of information on-line.

Learn more about charismatic wildlife species.

To be able to relate to wildlife problems both in urban and natural world.

General method of instruction

This class will be a mix of lectures, team work, catalyst tools and field trips.

Recommended preparation

No special background is required. Just your interest in wildlife conservation.

Class assignments and grading

The class will include midterms, internet-based assignments, among others.

Your final grade will be a mix of your performance on the assigned homeworks and tests plus your participation in class (both in the classroom and on-line).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Jorge Andres Tomasevic
Date: 05/07/2012